Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Queen Honours North's Heroes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Queen Honours North's Heroes

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Once again the heroes of the North East have been honoured by the Queen in this year's birthday list.

Agony aunt and charity worker Denise Robertson, of East Boldon, South Tyneside, gets an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity and today said she was shocked to have received anything.

She said: "I'm pleased, very very pleased. In some ways I feel as if me getting this award is like the charities I represent getting it as well.

"There are so many people who work far harder than I do and, I'd like to think, that this award is perhaps for them."

Northumbria Police's Det Supt Barbara Franklin is awarded the Queen's Police Medal. The mother-of-two became the first female detective to lead murder inquiries in 2004 and has worked on a number of high-profile cases.

Michael Spicer, 83, of Whitley Bay, receives the MBE for service to the community. Since retiring from working in Northumberland's education service 20 years ago, Mr Spicer has not stopped giving back to his community through various groups with which he has been involved.

He said: "At such an advanced age I was shocked to get anything but I'm pleased and grateful to the people I've worked with over the years who must have nominated me for the honour."

Gateshead councillor Peter Mole receives an MBE for his work in local government. He spearheaded a campaign ( backed by the Chronicle ( for a legislative change that would require people owning airguns to hold a licence after 16-year-old Nicola Diston was hit in the eye with an airgun pellet as she went to meet friends in 2001.

Coun Mole said: "I was shocked when I found out. It's not something you really think about, to be honest. I just went into work and did what I could. I didn't expect to be recognised for it."

Nationally, artist Rolf Harris, ballet star Darcy Bussell and campaigner Esther Rantzen all receive CBEs. Chef Gary Rhodes gets an OBE and designer Wayne Hemmingway an MBE. Low-cost airline founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou is knighted. …

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